Style Pick of the Week: Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt – Spring’s Best Men’s Overshirt for Rugged Layering

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As I often say here on the blog, building a stylish wardrobe of menswear essentials is a bit like looking into the future: You need to be ready for just about anything, and that’s particularly true during the blustery days of spring. That means, to me, that if you leave the house on a sunny day wearing one of your favorite pocket T-shirts, you very well might need to layer up as the afternoon goes on and the day gets a bit more blustery.

What’s a guy to do? That’s easy, at least in my book. Shop one of the best men’s shirt jackets early and often, and do it from a brand you can trust: A brand like Outerknown, of course.

The company, founded by surfing legend Kelly Slater, has plenty going for it, including eco-friendly production through every step of the process. That goes for sustainable menswear essentials like one of the best crewneck sweatshirts, and it carries onward into today’s featured Style Pick, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt. It’s notably part of the Outerknown New Arrivals section, which is always worth a look if you want rugged, durable and versatile gear with a sustainable touch.

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What makes the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt such a winner in my book? There’s plenty, of course, starting with the fabric itself. It’s made from an organic cotton twill for a soft yet durable feel, the kind that wears easily as a shirt jacket atop a super-soft Outerknown T-shirt. It’s also not too far off from the much-loved Outerknown Blanket Shirt, which is one of my favorite shirts on the market. But of course, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt has plenty of character all its own, including eye-catching buttons made from nuts, plus a fit that’s easy to layer.

Notably, the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt also comes in nine versatile, dusty colors, each of which have a pleasingly vintage look to them. This is the kind of rugged, durable shirt jacket you can toss on over your favorite henley for a day hike or a casual afternoon at your favorite brewery, and yet the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt is well-suited for everything from camping trips to cool evenings around the bonfire.

The chest pockets also turn the Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt into a highly useful workshirt, and with its wrinkle-fighting design, the brand notes that it’s one of the best travel shirts for men, too. When you want eco-friendly design and plenty of durability to go along with it, opt for the essential Outerknown Chroma Blanket Shirt


See Now, Buy Now: The Sea Culture Sitka Harbor Jacket is a Rugged Spring Layering Essential

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If you’ve been reading the blog over these past few weeks, you know that we’re all about utility and rugged appeal this time of year, when the weather is still a bit breezy and the right layers (and indeed, the right spring style essentials, period!) can go a long way. Naturally, that’s where one of the best spring jackets enters the fray, with the right design and durability to work for your wardrobe for a long, long time in the weeks ahead.

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And as you search for that proper spring jacket or shirt jacket, there’s an under-the-radar brand deserving of your time and hard-earned cash: That’d be New York-based Sea Culture, an independent, family-owned brand with a knack for making breezy, hard-working, classic menswear that draws plenty of inspiration from breezy days on the coast and warm, starry nights around a bonfire.

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Attention to detail and craftsmanship, plus a focus on the classics, are the name of the game at Sea Culture, founded by Dan Tagliamonte — they now offer everything from one of the best men’s henleys to breezy shorts and of course, this shirt jacket (and much more).

It all comes together in the Sea Culture Sitka Harbor Jacket, a rugged men’s shirt jacket ready for cool spring nights — and even suited for your fall wardrobe. But let’s focus on what makes this stylish shirt jacket ready for the season at hand, shall we?

Of course, we’ve talked plenty about the best shirt jackets for men over the past handful of weeks, but picking up a new-yet-classic dependable, multi-season jacket is never a bad bet, is it? And the Sea Culture Sitka Harbor Jacket boasts the right specs to work well for your right now (atop a sustainable Sea Culture T-shirt) or when cooler weather rolls around again later this year. It starts with 100 percent cotton canvas construction, a durable touch that elevates the Sea Culture Sitka Harbor Jacket above your typical buttondown.

Plus, it’s packed with plenty of pockets for plenty of utility, including two interior pockets, exterior slash pockets and a button chest pocket, all well-suited for your everyday carry.

The Sea Culture Sitka Harbor Jacket, with its reliable yet soft cotton canvas build, is the sort of shirt jacket that gets better with age, breaking in the more you wear it — and for days on the coast and nights back inland, I’d wager you’re going to be wearing this classic “shacket” a heck of a lot. Give Sea Culture a look and get ready for the rest of spring in style.

The Tuesday Steal: Save More Than 30 Percent On This Lightweight Huckberry Vest for Spring Layering

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Maybe, like me, you can feel it in the air a bit: Spring is rolling into town slowly but surely, and in a way that’s much more welcome than bitterly cold winter weather. What’s a guy to do? That’s easy, my friends: Layer up with the best spring menswear, and if you can save a few bucks in the process, that’s all the better. And where should a guy go to get those new spring style essentials?

If you’ve been keeping up with the blog on the regular, you already know that answer: Head to Huckberry, and in the case of today’s Tuesday Steal, head to the Huckberry Sale section. You’ll find what you need, and you’ll also find one of the best vests for men to wear this spring. The vest in question is the Proof Moonweight Puffer Vest, a more tech-savvy take on the vest than traditional fleece options, and the even better news? It’s 36 percent off right now, and available in cool colors like Carbon.

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What’s the key with the Proof Moonweight Puffer Vest? It’s made from nylon infused with graphene, which resists odor, provides insulation and temperature regulation, and generally helps this vest serve as a reliably rugged, useful top layer for guys on the go. Wear the Proof Moonweight Puffer Vest in more casual ways (say, over a henley or a Huckberry flannel shirt), or style it with a dark grey Oxford and crisp blue jeans for a transit-friendly commute layer.

I’ll keep it brief today, since spring is on the way and a wardrobe refresh is the way to go. The key, though? Making sure you score a discount on the Proof Moonweight Puffer Vest before a new season arrives in earnest.

The Thursday Buy: Filson Just Launched A Rugged New Jac-Shirt

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It’s like I tend to say these days: When the going gets tough, the tough layer up with Filson. Or something like that. The Pacific Northwest outfitter has a long heritage of making remarkably tough gear for all sorts of inclement weather, from the trail to the slopes to the high seas to, well, hijinks around town. Perhaps you even picked up the iconic Filson Tin Cloth Cruiser Jacket earlier this winter, but here’s another option from one of the best online menswear brands out there: The Filson CPO Wool Jac-Shirt. Stick around to find out why, ya hear?

Yessir, when you want to layer up in one of the best men’s shirt jackets and belly up to the bar to grab a cold beer, Filson delivers. Of course, the Filson CPO Wool Jac-Shirt delivers in plenty of other categories beyond just rugged style (namely, warmth and durability), but it’s nice to have one of the best men’s shirt jackets to check off more than one box. Within, you’ll find all the characteristics of a truly great, stylish men’s shirt jacket, including remarkably warm 16oz. wool.

The Filson CPO Wool Jac-Shirt also boasts a relaxed fit, ideal for layering over a Filson flannel shirt or a Filson thermal when it’s especially brisk out there. Natural horn buttons provide durability, while the oversized front chest flap pockets deliver crucial space for your everyday carry. Of course, the history of the CPO jacket (given to senior Naval officers) makes ideal for all sorts of wet and windy conditions, and the Filson CPO Wool Jac-Shirt insulates even when wet. The next time you need a rugged winter layer to get you out the door wherever your day (or night) takes you, make sure it’s the Filson CPO Wool Jac-Shirt you’re wearing.

Style Pick of the Week: Todd Snyder Guide Shirt – Fall’s Most Refined Shirt Jacket

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If ever you were looking to strike the right balance between rugged and refined, there’s no time like fall to really take care of business with the best men’s style essentials. And for my money’s worth — as you know if you scour The Style Guide for the best fall style picks on the daily, few designers do that better than Todd Snyder. The Iowa-born designer takes the classics and upgrades them in ways that make them work in both NYC and back in the Midwest, as with the handsome, well-made Todd Snyder Guide Shirt.

It’s the perfect example of the, well, rugged-meets-refined look championed by the brand, and that makes the Todd Snyder Guide Shirt a unique addition to your fall and winter layering. The key is the soft-yet-dependable blend of virgin wool, acrylic, polyester and other fibers (for comfort and stretch) into one seriously cool, stylish fall shirt meant to be layered up as one of the best men’s shirt jackets. And folks, your new favorite fall shirt jacket only gets better from there.

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The Todd Snyder Guide Shirt also boasts retro elbow patches for a neat and distinctive touch — this rugged men’s shirt jacket is less refined than one of the best fall blazers, to be sure, but no less ready for unique layering. That means you can style your new favorite shirt jacket atop a rugged men’s henley as readily as you can use it as another layer atop one of the best men’s Oxford shirts.

It’s cut with a more full fit for fall and winter layering, too. Plus, color options like a rich Blue-Brown Plaid or the fall-friendly Mustard Multi-Plaid certainly give you options. Beware that this Todd Snyder shirt clocks in at a pricey $268, but as with other Todd Snyder menswear essentials, I’m betting that higher price tag will pay off in spades.

See Now, Buy Now: The Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt is a Fall Style Classic

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Can you feel it in the air? Perhaps a brisk breeze, a touch of a chill and the need to once again layer up with, say, the best fall style essentials from one of your favorite brands? Yes indeed, the time is well and truly upon us, and that’s where one of my longtime favorite menswear companies, Taylor Stitch, boldly enters the fray.

I’m willing to bet you’ve been shopping the brand as frequently as I have lately, be it one of the best fall cardigans or one of the best shirt jackets for men, and today’s blog entry follows in the same vein with the much-loved Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt.

You might say the longtime fan favorite — it’s been in the Taylor Stitch menswear rotation since the brand’s early days — is about as essential as it gets as far as the best fall men’s style picks are concerned. How so? Well, the shirt sits somewhere between a classic flannel, a lightweight shirt and a “shacket,” with the layering versatility and style potential of each of those pieces. You see, the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt is made from a soft, layering-friendly but not overly heavy 9oz. organic cotton chamois, and things get better from there.

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I’ve worn various iterations of the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt over the years, and it functions perfectly as a top-most layer over a Taylor Stitch henley or a soft merino T-shirt. As I said though, it does indeed get better, and that’s because you can also layer the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt beneath one of the best men’s fall jackets quite comfortably as the temperature drops down into the 30s and 40s (yes, I went there!).

The Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt also boasts two helpful front-button chest pockets for your everyday carry essentials, and the fit is made to be worn untucked. This gives the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt plenty of rugged styling versatility this season, given that it looks quite cool – especially in a rich Timber Shadow Plaid — alongside everything from Taylor Stitch blue jeans to the company’s expertly cut tan chinos.

It’s not every day that you come across a pick as perfectly suited to fall and winter layering as the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt, so I’d say you need to shop this one early and often right now.

The Tuesday Steal: Save 20 Percent on Your New Favorite Shirt Jacket from Taylor Stitch

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If you ask me, rugged fall style and warm layering is the name of the game right now, which is part of the reason why you need one of the best men’s shirt jackets in your seasonal style rotation. Of course, it’s all about shopping carefully and shopping the right way, though. Hence, today’s Tuesday Steal: Head to the much-loved Taylor Stitch Workshop, a terrific source to pre-fund some of the coolest menswear on the market, to shop the rugged, durable Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket. Even more crucial is the fact that right now, you can pre-fund and save 20 percent on your new favorite shirt jacket. Not a bad deal, right?

But why consider splurging ever so slightly on the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket? To this style writer, it’s simple, really. Sure, this durable “shacket” goes for $150 when you pre-fund it — a price reflective of its quality, and the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket absolutely lives up to the hype. Taylor Stitch fans always seem to love the burly, dependable, warm and rugged shirt jacket style, too, and that’s not a bad endorsement when it comes to the best online menswear shops.

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Think of the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket like a change of pace from other fall layers, like a more refined Taylor Stitch shawl cardigan or a lightweight flannel shirt. Crucially, the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket is built from an incredibly soft yet hard-wearing wool-nylon blend for stretch and durability, and the wool material on one of the best shirt jackets for men is also double-faced for softness and comfort. The Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket also features other helpful touches, like oversized dark horn buttons and handy flap chest pockets for your everyday carry.

Throw in the fact that the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket gets an upgrade via a rich plaid color scheme this fall, and you’ve got a winning layer when teamed with a Taylor Stitch henley or even worn atop a Taylor Stitch Oxford shirt. And yes, you’d do well to remember the Taylor Stitch Maritime Shirt Jacket is on sale for 20 percent off right now. Go to it and layer up accordingly, friends.